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UK admits that air quality targets will be missed by 20 years

The air quality in some of the UK’s biggest cities is unlikely to meet EU standards before 2030, according to the government. Member states were supposed to meet targets on pollutants from diesel cars and trucks by 2010. The nitrogen dioxide (NO2) they produce is linked to a range of respiratory ailments. But the European Court of Justice heard that ...

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Thailand’s military junta may prolong martial law

Thailand’s military junta has hinted at the possibility of continuing martial law for the duration of the interim charter, which is expected to last about a year, media reports said today. General Paiboon Kumchaya, assistant army chief and head of law and judicial affairs of…

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Thailand’s military junta may prolong martial law

Thailand’s military junta has hinted at the possibility of continuing martial law for the duration of the interim charter, which is expected to last about a year, media reports said today. General Paiboon Kumchaya, assistant army chief and head of law and judicial affairs of…

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HIV re-emerges in ‘cured’ child

Mississippi – A toddler thought to have been cured of HIV now has detectable levels of the virus in her blood, the child’s doctors and US health officials said on Thursday. The Mississippi child’s stunning story, first disclosed at a medical meeting in March 2013, was the first account of an HIV-infected infant achieving what appeared to be a cure ...

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Church of England General Synod: women bishops campaigners praying for a breakthrough

Related Articles Church of England General Synod: women bishops campaigners praying for a breakthrough 11 Jul 2014 Church of England finally casts out Wonga 10 Jul 2014 Here is a selection of views from members of the General Synod on the eve of the meeting. The Rev Kat Campion-Spall, 35, curate in Merton, south-west London: “I am hopeful, I think ...

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Wall Street sinks on Portugal woes; U.S. debt, yen gain

By Michael Connor NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. stocks fell on Thursday, joining a European sell-off driven by troubles at Portugal’s biggest listed bank, while prices of U.S. government debt rose and the Japanese yen climbed to a five-month high against the euro. Wall Street seemed to ignore government jobless claims data that suggested the U.S. labour market was perking ...

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Israel Dramatically Steps Up Aerial Offensive on Gaza

JERUSALEM — Israel dramatically escalated its aerial assault in Gaza Thursday, hitting hundreds of Hamas targets. Palestinians reported that 16 people were killed in strikes that hit a home and a beachside cafe, and Israel’s missile defense system once again intercepted rockets fired by militants at the country’s heartland. Military spokesman Lt. Col. Peter Lerner said Israel struck more than ...

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Israel: Iron Dome Intercepts 90 Percent of Rockets

Reuters JERUSALEM — Israel’s Iron Dome interceptor has shot down some 90 percent of Palestinian rockets it engaged during this week’s surge of Gaza fighting, up from the 85 percent rate in the previous mini-war of 2012, Israeli and U.S. officials said on Thursday. Seven batteries of the system, made by the state-owned Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd and partly ...

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Several killed in US drone strike in Pakistan

– At least six people have been killed in a US drone strike in the North Waziristan tribal area, where a Pakistani military operation against Taliban fighters is ongoing, intelligence sources told Al Jazeera. Two missiles were fired on a compound and a vehicle in the village of Madakhel in the Dattakhel area of the province, intelligence sources said. The ...

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Argentina hails ‘Hands of God’ after Sergio Romero’s Holland heroics

Goalkeeper’s penalty shootout saves in World Cup semi-final earns him hero status in home country Sergio Romero earned hero status in Argentina following his shoot-out exploits. Photograph: Sebastiao Moreira/EPA The Argentinian press hailed Sergio Romero’s “Hands of God” after the goalkeeper’s penalty shootout heroics earned victory over Holland in Wednesday night’s World Cup semi-final. Romero saved from Ron Vlaar and ...

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